As KKR won the toss and decided to field first, Mumbai’s Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis came in roaring to prove KKR’s decision wrong.
Suryakumar played a scintillating innings. He scored 59 runs off just 39 balls, hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes. Lewis too launched the attack on Kolkata. He scored a brilliant 28-ball 43 with the help of 5 fours and 2 maximums. Once they got out, MI’s innings started to shake. Captain Rohit could just manage a run a ball 11 runs and the previous match sensation, Krunal Pandya got out for a score of 14. It was Hardik’s antics at the end of the innings that helped Mumbai reach 181 in their 20-overs. Hardik scored a quick 20-ball 35 and helped Mumbai reach a competitive total.
The only bowlers for KKR who had wickets against their name were Narine and Russell. Both picked up 2-wickets each. Russell conceded 12 runs in his 2 overs for 2 wickets, whereas Narine conceded 34 runs in his 4 and bagged 2 wickets.
Chasing the total, KKR needed a good start. Karthik and the management put a foot wring at the top. Narine, who has been terrific at the top, wasn’t sent in to bat. He was replaced by Shubham Gill, who opened the innings with Chris Lynn for KKR. As it was expected, both of them failed. Lynn got out after scoring 17 runs in 13 balls and Gill could just manage 7 in 5. The responsibility then fell on the shoulders of young Nitish and experienced Uthappa, to take KKR home. Uthappa, who hadn’t been in the best of form before this match, finally found some. He scored a very important 54 runsoff 35 balls after being dropped by Markande on 4. Nitish played his part well. He scored a 27-ball 31 and supported Uthappa before the latter got out to Markande in the 13th over. Nitish followed soon. He was sent back by Hardik in the 14th over to bring MI back in the game.
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik and their best hitter, Andre Russell now had a task at their hands. Andre Russell couldn’t resist for long as he was done by Bumrah in the 17th over after scoring 9 runs. Dinesh Karthik held his end strong. In the 19th over, DK thrashed Bumrah for 14 runs, hitting 2 fours and a six. KKR needed 23 off the last. Krunal was given the responsibility to defend it. After being hit for four on the 1st ball of the over by Narine, he got Narine on the following delivery. He was caught by Rohit at extra-cover. KKR needed 19 off 4 with DK on strike. MI knew they had almost won it. And at the end, they did. MI won by 13 runs.
For Mumbai, it was Hardik Pandya who wrote their victory. He scored a very important 35 with the bat to help MI reach a defendable total. And then bowled exceptionally well, giving away just 19 runs in his 4 overs, picking up 2 important wickets.
Mumbai have come back in the tournament like every year. Will they manage to qualify for the semis? Only time will tell.